Amelia Antrim

Amelia

Online Nickname(s): gingerreckoning

Introduction and Platform
I am a podcaster and game enthusiast. I am one of the co-hosts of Character Creation Cast, a show that explores a variety of RPG systems through the lens of character creation as well as a series on advice specifically for players. I am also the co-host of Garbage of the Five Rings, a podcast dedicated to documenting the history and lore of the Legend of the Five Rings card game and RPG.

Why do you play/run RPGs?
I believe RPGs offer a unique opportunity for people to explore their place in the world. It is one of the few mediums in which we are actively putting ourselves in the role of another person. It allows us to play out scenarios and emotions that we may not be able to easily express in our daily lives. We can take complex situations and experiences and work through them in a confined space. Alternatively, they can provide a much needed respite from the stress of the day to day and a chance to unwind with friends.

The ENNIES requires a major commitment of time and energy. What resources do you have that will help you discharge these responsibilities? Will your gaming group or other individuals be assisting you? Does your family support you?
I am lucky enough to be sincerely supported by family and friends who have consistently shown willingness to work with me on balancing workloads and time management.

Judging requires a great deal of critical thinking skills, communication with other judges, deadline management, organization, and storage space for the product received. What interests, experience, and skills do you bring that will make you a more effective judge?
In my day job I am a regulatory coordinator for clinical research which requires management of approximately 150 different studies across 4 different locations as well as being the main point of contact for the outside organizations we work with. I’m well versed in working on deadlines and managing a broad workload.

What styles and genres of RPGs do you enjoy most? Are there any styles or genres that you do not enjoy? Which games best exemplify what you like? Do you consider yourself a particular system’s, publisher’s, or genre’s “fanboy/fangirl/fanperson”?
I sincerely enjoy games that explore emotion and our relationship with the world around us. I also enjoy games with rich world building elements. Recently I have found that Descent into Midnight has been a perfect fit. I also deeply enjoy Legend of the Five Rings for the way it focuses on inter-character drama and the conflict between duty and desire. I would certainly consider myself a very big fan of that game.
I generally do not enjoy games that focus heavily on combat.

What games have you played in the past year? List up to 10 RPGs you have played the most. Which ones, if any, have you loved or hated?
I haven’t played any games in the last year that I didn’t enjoy. Recently I’ve played:
Legend of the Five Rings (5th Edition)
Descent into Midnight
Spire
Heart
Genesys
Star Wars Edge of the Empire
Urban Shadows

Briefly summarize the criteria you will use for judging products in the different categories.
I believe content should be judged based on how well it meets the goal for which it was designed. Games that focus on grid-based combat should be judged based on how well they simulate a tactical experience. Supplements should be judged on how well they integrate with and expand upon the previous material.

How will you judge supplements or adventures for game systems whose core rules you are unfamiliar with or you believe are badly designed?
As part of my work for Character Creation Cast I have had to research and work with a wide variety of systems so I am fairly well versed on absorbing new rule sets. As previously stated, I believe supplements should be judged on how well they work with the material they were derived from. Even if the original system has flaws, the supplement should be judged by how well it fits within or improves upon the boundaries of the system it was designed for.

How would you like to see the ENnies change? What should remain inviolate?
I think there should be a limit on how many times a product or piece of media can be nominated in order to allow for new voices and points of view to shine. I believe that the consistent rotation of judges is an important part of the awards process.